Why T-1 Internet is Better for Your Business

Male employee using pcSince the 1990s, there have been different technologies for Internet access. These technologies moved data from telephone modems running at 14.4kbps to today’s DSL and ADSL lines running at speeds of several megabits.

In the past two decades, voice and data services providers such Apex Telecom continue to offer T-1 Internet connections. The technology may be old, but for today’s businesses, T-1 is still a cost-effective solution.

The T-1 Internet

When it was first offered, the T-1 used copper cables. Today, it uses a fiber optic line directly connected the office. It can carry up to 24 voice channels, or data at 1.544 megabits per second (mbps). If used for voice, it connects to the office’s phone exchange system. If it carries data, it connects to the office network router.

As an office connection, it can handle voice and data traffic for several users. The voice and data T-1 line would be connected to a web server at the other end of the line. If the T-1 Internet is not enough to support the required bandwidth, there are other common and faster line connection speeds:

  • T3 at 43.232 mbps
  • OC3 at 155 mbps
  • OC12 at 622 mbps
  • OC48 at 2.5 gigabits per second (gbps)
  • OC192 at 9.6 gbps

DSL and T-1 Internet

T-1 Internet speeds may seem unimpressive. Residential DSL speeds can go faster depending on the location and the service provider, but most DSL services usually have speeds of 10 mbps. But there is a key difference between DSL and T-1, including allied technologies.

DSL are usually oversubscribed and run on a shared network. The DSL connections in the neighborhood run on the same cable. In contrast, T-1 connections are faster, as they use fiber optic cables. A business owner may decide to go with DSL or with T-1 depending on their requirements. The advantages of T-1 makes it a viable option for most companies that require a stable Internet connection throughout the day.

What You Can Get from an Automated Bookkeeping System

BookkeepingCurrently, businesses need to keep up with the digital world, or they become obsolete themselves. Automated bookkeeping software is one of such important technological advancements.

As a business owner, you need to realize the importance of computerized accounting systems, and how your company can benefit from them.

Improve work efficiency and accuracy

Businesses can save a significant amount of time with bookkeeping software. As it does most of the work, your employees can focus on other tasks at hand making them more productive, which accounts for enhanced work efficiency.

An automated accounting system can do all the tedious tasks such as collating, printing, and issuing of payroll documents, receipts, and sales invoices, as well as improve payment collection and inventory control.

You can also lessen the risk of human error with an automated accounting system because it allows for more accurate data entry. Bookkeeping accuracy is important because this is where you base all the financial reports.

Accessible and secure data storage

Financial data is very important to any business because this is where they base how profitable they are. This is why many companies hold on to them for years. However, with manual bookkeeping, papers tend to pile up.

So, it may take a while for you to find what you are looking for and they are highly vulnerable to fires and other natural disasters. A digital accounting system can help keep your records safe from such disasters.

It can also make your data easily accessible to you whether they are on a local server or the cloud. Additionally, these data storages are very secure, so you do not have to worry about someone stealing them.

During times when you need to make quick accounting decisions, quickly share data, or collaborate with other companies, fast access to your financial record is a great help. Bookkeeping software can generate all kinds of report in a flash.

4 Modern Ways to Secure Your Business

Business, technology, internet and networking concept. Young businessman working on his laptop in the office, select the icon security on the virtual display.When you run a business, one of your biggest responsibilities is to make sure that you protect your staff, inventory, and information from malicious people out to sabotage you. With the modern criminal getting more sophisticated with their methods, this is easier said than done. With these creative ways, however, you can keep your business safer.

Secure your data.

The onset of digital era was a significant boost for businesses of all kinds. Thanks to technology, you can now reach clients on a global scale. But with the digital age also comes the threat of cybercrime. To keep your business safe from data theft, consider installing VPN tunneling software that lets you share sensitive data with your stakeholders safely.

Install an alarm system.

Alarms have been long been a trusted security feature for homes, cars, and businesses. That’s because alarms work. Find a suitable alarm system for your business and install it on key access areas. There are modern alarm systems that are motion-activated. When set off, alarms draw attention that dissuades criminals from advancing with the break-in.

Set up a surveillance system.

When you are still a start-up, you may want to avoid spending on a quality security system for your business. A surveillance system may set you back a couple of precious dollars that you may want to spend on other activities in your business. But hold on. Ask yourself if you would rather invest in surveillance cameras or spend thousands of dollars to replace equipment that has been stolen.

Bring in a dose of paranoia.

When it comes to protecting your business, don’t be afraid of coming off as a little paranoid. Change passwords you have shared with associates regularly. Keep important documents away from your desk when leaving the office. Try your best to prevent a data breach.

Keeping your business secure from both internal and external threats benefits everyone. With some forethought and investment, you can keep your business safe.

US National Reconnaissance Office’s New Spy Satellite Takes Off

Satellite in spaceA new U.S. spy satellite took off on Sept. 24 from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, as it will begin working for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

The confidentiality of the project includes its intended orbit and designated purpose, which led many to believe that it could the most modern spy equipment ever released into space. However, more concrete details for the new satellite include the NRO’s use of the Atlas V rocket for the 15th time.

Space Reconnaissance

Col. Gregory Wood, the 30th Space Wing vice commander, said that the launch of the NROL-42 spy satellite represented the end of several months of work by the NRO, United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the 30th Space Wing. A ULA Atlas 5 rocket carried the classified spy satellite. Part of the tedious process before the launch may have included the use of an inertial simulator and other navigation systems.

Still, most of us can only imagine what the new payload will exactly do in space, since others that have been launched in the 1980s continue to be mysterious based on their intended purposes. What is certain, however, involves the growth of the global small satellite market by 2023, according to a report from Stratistics MRC.

Bright Outlook

The global small satellite market would reach $7.66 billion by 2023 from $2.28 billion in 2016, partly because of more demand for high-resolution imaging services and affordability. Other factors for the estimated growth include changes on the scope of applications and new technological developments.

North America will take the lion’s share of the market, followed by Asia Pacific. Since high-resolution imaging services play a role in the expected growth, the commercial satellite sector will account for the biggest share based on end users.


The launch of the new U.S. spy satellite left more questions than answers, yet its deployment into space should indicate that satellites will continue to be relevant in the following years.

The Convenience of a Paperless Laboratory

PaperlessMany scientists still keep their experimental records on paper, and sometimes in Excel and Word files stored in different computers and folders. In most cases, this leads to time-consuming tasks — or worse, information loss.

If you want to save yourself from the headache, go paperless.

The Inconvenience of Paper

Paper is easy to use, convenient, portable, and does not require user training, but it also introduces security risks. It is not as easily searchable and collaborative, and it introduces major storage issues. Most importantly, it is prone to errors, particularly transcription mistakes, since handling paper is a manual activity. If anything, stress — or math — is involved as well.

In addition, today’s laboratories are overwhelmed by demands of improved efficiency, productivity, data quality, immediate access to data, and tighter cost control. Laboratories use sophisticated instruments and experimentation as well, which require the day-to-day management of a large volume of analytical information. Labworks.com agrees that the traditional management system simply cannot address these demands.

The Convenience of Going Paperless

Now imagine a world where you can simply annotate your experiment with a mobile device and simultaneously keep records with the use of laboratory information management systems (LIMS). Imagine having samples and instruments labeled with barcodes, allowing you to stock and de-stock digitally.

Imagine quickly finding information about a sample or a box, and knowing exactly where everything is. You get to capture experimental details easily and efficiently. You can manipulate data fast and efficiently, and enjoy speedy electronic data entry in real time to automated data acquisition.

Paper is expensive; with LIMS, you can reduce costs, as you do the same tasks using fewer resources (or do more using the same resources). And not only can such seamless, automated environment improve your work and reduce costs; it also frees up staff members and allows them to spend more time on research or product development functions that would bring revenue to the business.

With that, it seems eliminating the use of paper and going for automated systems simply contributes to a more open, more collaborative, more secure — and more efficient, cost-effective lab.